Liverpool have launched a first approach for Brighton star Yves Bissouma as they look to strengthen Jurgen Klopp's midfield in the final days of the transfer window.
The Reds have been monitoring Bissouma, 24, throughout the summer after his impressive 2020/21 season at the Amex, during which he made 36 Premier League appearances.
The Mali international has carried over his form in the new campaign and grabbed an assist in the 2-0 victory over Watford last Saturday.
Bissouma is also on Arsenal and Manchester United's radars, but Liverpool have seized the initiative by lodging an official transfer enquiry with the Seagulls.
As reported by the Daily Express , Brighton will demand £40million for Bissouma and they are under little pressure to sell him after Ben White's £50million departure for Arsenal.
The report adds Graham Potter's side have entered initial discussions with the player regarding an extension on his contract, which is due to expire in the summer of 2023.
But Liverpool are keen to get the deal over the line as they aim to replace Georginio Wijnaldum, who joined Paris Saint-Germain on a free transfer this summer.
Klopp stressed the importance of squad depth after Liverpool were handed a challenging Champions League group by Thursday evening's draw.
"We have a good team whoever is playing, that's how it is," said the Reds boss. "But it's not that we play in the Champions League and have a look at who can play in the Champions League and then who can then play in the Premier League.
"No, we try to bring the best team always on the pitch – and that can have some probably physical reasons sometimes, and sometimes shape reasons.
"But we need the squad definitely for the whole year, that's definitely the case.
"But now thinking about these games, my first idea was not to think about rotation or whatever, it's about playing football and go for it."
Brighton manager Potter, meanwhile, insists Bissouma is happy on the south coast despite the long-running speculation over his future.
He said: "I have been answering questions about Yves for a long time, it’s a part of my daily routine!
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